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Management of a Patient Exposed to a Blister (Vesicant) Agent

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

The topical blistering (vesicant) agents such as sulfur or nitrogen mustard are infrequently lethal but can cause significant morbidity that can persist for years. The lesions evolve over hours to days after the exposure. Early recognition and proper management can minimize long term sequelae.

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